Crab Apple Bonsai Carving and Styling

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Crab Apple Bonsai Carving and Styling

Two weeks later and after completing the wiring and laying out of the trunks and branches, I applied a further weak coat of lime-sulphur to lighten the tone of the deadwood so it was more consistent with that of the bonsai pot. The design of the trunk and its deadwood could now be considered 'finished' and the focus of the tree's development for the coming years would be to build up the ramification and taper of the branches.

Malus sylvestris / Crab Apple. 15"/37cm tall with a 50cm wide trunk.
Bonsai pot by John Pitt.

Crab Apple Bonsai Carving and Styling

Detail of the finished deadwood.

Crab Apple Bonsai Carving and Styling

Detail of the finished deadwood.

Crab Apple Bonsai Carving and Styling

Detail of the finished deadwood.

The depth and undulations of my carving, on what had been a flat area of wood, can clearly be seen from this angle.

Crab Apple Bonsai Carving and Styling

Detail images of the finished deadwood.

As the deadwood continues to dry and weather, in the extremes of heat and cold, dry and wet, it will age and split further, adding to the overall effect of the deadwood.

Crab Apple Bonsai Carving and Styling

The back of the tree, and what had originally been a large very rotten main trunk.

Crab Apple Bonsai Carving and Styling

The back of the Crab Apple bonsai and its interior.

The interior itself had several coats of wood-harder applied to it, to 'plasticize' the wood and prevent it from rotting further and degrading.

Crab Apple Bonsai Carving and Styling

The back of the Crab Apple and its interior.

Crab Apple Bonsai Carving and Styling

The back of the Crab Apple and its interior.

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